Saturday, February 28, 2015

Proactiv Renewing Cleanser - Review | First Impressions

Hooray for better and healthier skin!

I love washing my face first thing in the morning. It helps in waking up my senses and I also love the feeling of having a freshly washed face. The only problem with this cheap thrill is that my skin has been acting up pretty badly for a while now, so I've been very picky with the cleansers I use. You guys know how much I love Proactiv, right? So it's really not a surprise when I was super excited to try this cleanser!

Proactiv Renewing Cleanser is an oil free, soap free medicated formula that contains advanced micro crystal benzoyl peroxide in combination with mild cleanser that lightly washes the skin. Tiny beads gently exfoliate dead cells and impurities so they can’t clog pores. Did you know that acne appears because of dead skin cells trapped inside your pores? That's why mild exfoliation is important in treating and preventing it. Meanwhile, the benzoyl peroxide penetrates the pores fast while being gentle to the skin. It attacks, kill acne-causing bacteria and reduce the number of acne pimples.

Proactiv Renewing Cleanser

So what are my first impressions about this cleanser? (Yes, this is not a full review yet since I've only used it for a few days)

First of all, I appreciate the practicality of the packaging. It's easy to tote around and because of the cover, I won't have to worry about any spilling in my bag when I bring it anywhere.

The first time I used it, I was relieved that it was gentle enough for my already troubled skin. The scent is the same with the Proactiv refining mask; it's texture is also similar with the mask but this is more dilluted so it's easier to apply. 

Why is Proactiv Renewing Cleanser superior than regular cleanser / soap? 
While it may seem counter intuitive, harsh scrubbing does not unclog your pores any better than gentle cleansing, and may actually worsen your acne. Cleansing and scrubbing only reduce surface oils and dean skin cells. Many people use harsh products, laden with alcohol and foamy surfactants (detergents) somehow wash the acne off their skin. However, these actions produce irritation and worsen acne. It is possible to gently unplug pores with fine polyethylene beads that gently relieve impacted pores without irritation. Proactiv Renewing Cleanser does not contains any surfactants that can harsh the skin. Proactiv Renewing Cleanser is formulated without the harsh detergents known as surfactants found in many other cleansers. Surfactants, which are responsible for a sudsy foam and lather, strip skin of its essential oils. As a result, the skin barrier becomes damaged and vulnerable to irritation and impaction.

What is the role of Renewing Cleanser in Proactiv Combination Therapy? 
The Renewing Cleanser help removes dead skin cells and impurities which can clog the pore. The advanced microcrystal benzoyl peroxide in the Proactiv® 3-Step System kill acne-causing bacteria while the glycolic acid and other exfoliants reduce excess oils and dead skin cells.

Directions to Use 
Use morning and night Apply a small (dime-sized) amount to damp skin and gently massage for 1 to 2 minutes Rinse thoroughly with warm water Path dry If bothersome dryness or peeling occurs, reduce application to once a day or every other day If going outside use a sunscreen

Key Ingredients 
Benzoyl Peroxide This is the key anti bacterial agent to fight acne. The 2.5% concentration is just effective as 10% solutions in controlling the majority of acne cases and much gentler to your skin. This low concentration gives it the acne-fighting benefit of even higher concentrations, but not the side-effects!

Other Ingredients Include: 

Sodium Hyaluronate  - this mucopolysaccharides act as humectant to draw moisture to skin.

Mucopolysaccharides - these are gel like substances surrounding the collagen and elastin in the dermis layer of the skin.
Polyethylene - these small round beads have no sharp edges that can tear and scratch the skin while they gently remove old, dead cells.
Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract - this is a botanical extract known for its soothing properties.

All in all, I'm really loving this cleanser. Though it's a bit early to say it's very effective, at least it's not making my skin breakout more. It didn't left my skin dry unlike other anti-acne cleansers that I've tried. It also doesn't sting my skin at all. Personally, I think this would work well when used with the entire Proactiv skincare system. 


The Proactiv Renewing Cleanser is included in the Proactiv Solution 30-day and 60-day kits.
Proactiv Solution kits are available at: a. Proactiv Online Shopping: b. Proactiv Delivery Door–to-Door Hotlines: Metro Manila Landline: (02) 729-2222 Globe Provincial: 1-800-8-729-8888 PLDT Provincial: 1-800-10-889-4444 Mobile Number: 0917-801-888 c. Proactiv Mall Kiosks Glorietta, Ground Floor Trinoma, 2nd Floor d. Watson and SM Department Stores (Beauty Section) nationwide

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